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Book Giveaway: Summer Mystery Reading for the Sewing Enthusiast

A Fitting End by Melissa Bourbon

I love to read mysteries, and I also love to sew. What better combination than to read a mystery about people who are involved in sewing? Sitting at the beach or even on our deck with a good book on a beautiful, warm, and sunny day is the epitome of relaxation for me. If that resonates with you, you’ll want to read these three mysteries. Each includes an important character who also loves to sew!

A FITTING END” by Melissa Bourbon (a signed copy)
Former Manhattan fashion designer Harlow Jane Cassidy has a gift for creating beautiful dresses. But when Harlow becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she needs more than her sewing skills to unravel the mystery. (Obsidian Mystery, 2012)

PLEATING FOR MERCY” by Melissa Bourbon (a signed copy)
All the Cassidy women possess special gifts. Harlow Jane Cassidy’s is creating beautiful dresses. But she’s about to discover secrets in her own family and another gift–one that reaches beyond the grave. (Obsidian Mystery, 2011)

THE PACKAGE” by Sharon Dunn
Annie Dawson is a member of the Hook and Needle Club in Stony Point, Maine. Items unearthed in the attic of her ancestral home, Grey Gables, lead to danger, adventure and heartwarming discoveries about her own family as well as the townspeople of this charming seacoast town in Central Maine. (Annie’s Attic Mysteries, 2010)

Just leave a comment to be eligible to win these three mysteries. A winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, August 22, at midnight. The winner will be announced during the week of August 27 and notified via email.

Good luck!


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  1. user-1151927 | | #1

    Two of my favorite things to do! Sewing and reading!!

  2. Shesews518 | | #2

    These sound great!

  3. ms_c | | #3

    I would love to read about sewing. Count me in.

  4. kathy222 | | #4

    What a wonderful way tO en

  5. kathy222 | | #5

    Wonderful way to end the summer break.

  6. lmichelle | | #6

    Sewing and reading, how riveting! One can get lost in snipets and threads - in both books and sewing projects. I'd love to do either one.

  7. vharden | | #7

    I read mysteries to help me relax and go to sleep. I sew to relax and have an "active meditation." These books will combine both enjoyable activities.

  8. joen_green | | #8

    These books sound great! nice to cozy up and read this fall and winter.

  9. sewcool | | #9

    I would love to have these books, if I'm not sewing I am reading.

  10. mrnglry | | #10

    Would love to win this! Thanks!

  11. pelicanmom | | #11


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    KarenLea | | #12

    I've read cooking mysteries but never sewing. I'm intrigued and these would be a great start.

  13. Dignsew | | #13

    I would love to win these books. Love to sew, and love to read.

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    user-1077921 | | #14

    I love sewing and reading - now, how to do them at the same time!

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    tmsiiop | | #15

    Love reading all kinds of mysteries!

  16. LinVegas | | #16

    My favorite way to relax!

  17. nursie76 | | #17

    What a way to kick back and relax, read, and solve a sewing mystery!

  18. howsew | | #18

    What fun! Reading and sewing are my favorite forms of therapy. Don't know a better way to spend my time!

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    YasminS | | #19

    How delightful! Beautiful covers too. I love mysteries, and I'd love to read ones with a sewing bent.

  20. Zippylady | | #20

    Oh Fabulous! These would be a great way to take a time out from my hectic schedule and just enjoy a few moments for myself.

  21. momadd | | #21

    I love to read a good mystery, all the better if I can relate to the characters.

  22. CarolynRuth | | #22

    Some good reading! Much better than TV.

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    Abathie | | #23

    I would love to own one of these books to read it on the beach :)))

  24. rosie1925 | | #24

    I have had Pleating for Mercy on my list for months. Dear husband keeps ignoring it.

  25. bj1400 | | #25

    I would love to win these!

  26. User avater
    JaneinCT | | #26

    I did not know about these books. Would love to win them! Thanks

  27. LauriR | | #27

    I love mysteries! And to combine them with sewing and design - just divine! If I don't win, I'll have to break down and buy them.

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    Out_West | | #28

    I love to read and I love to sew! Perfect combination!

  29. lynaeve | | #29

    thank you for the chance!

  30. pathersl | | #30

    Would love to read these! Great game.

  31. katie | | #31

    These books sounds like a relaxing way to end my summer as I head into another great year of high school teaching!

  32. misssarcastica | | #32

    I love sewing and I love mysteries! These look good!

  33. Pearlprincess182 | | #33

    I never knew these existed! I'm excited to check them out :)

  34. mosew | | #34

    Whhhaaattt? How did I not know about these? How exciting!

  35. 510pm | | #35

    I am a great mystery fan and would love to win these

  36. susan718 | | #36

    I love mysteries. What a great giveaway. thank you!

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    sewmuchknittting | | #37

    Mysteries with sewing in the plot?...perfect for summer!

  38. suzieinohio | | #38

    These sound sew fun!

  39. CarolSewsAZ | | #39

    These are my favorite things to do in the summer, reading and sewing. WOW, it would be great to win these books!
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  40. LauraSews | | #40

    Another new series for me to start reading!

  41. User avater
    LinLohLan | | #41

    Oooo a new (to me) needle arts mystery series! Looking forward to reading these... would love to win them. Good inspiration.

  42. User avater
    CarrGrand | | #42

    Awesome opportunity to combine two things I am passionate about - reading good books and sewing! These books would make great reads for my book club!

  43. Brabant | | #43

    After Annie's Attic quilting books it had to come.....and thank goodness it did. Hope the random selection falls on me, otherwise I guess it's over to Amazon!

  44. irenenene | | #44

    oh, wow I do enjoy a good mystery and combined with sewing??? it blows the mind :)

  45. User avater
    SassyT | | #45

    I love a good mystery. "The Case of The Missing Needle" hehe.

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    JanieeDee | | #46

    Off on my holidays soon so no sewing. This would certainly help keep the withdrawal symptoms at bay.

  47. user-1128556 | | #47

    Mysteries are my favorite type of reading and to have it involve sewing, who could ask for more.

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    PinkRoses14 | | #48

    Aside from sewing, reading mysteries is my next favorite way to relax. :)

  49. sewingheaven888 | | #49

    o wow..interesting books :O)....now where on earth has my scissors gone :O(

  50. Sanntech9 | | #50

    I am an eclectic reading but I must admit I have never read a mystery about people who also sew, and probably would not have been interested if I had not started sewing. These books should make some interested reading

  51. luvtodesign | | #51

    Well, this is different. I love to sew and relax but to read a mystery about sewing would definitely be different for my relaxation. I would love it.

  52. sunnyday54 | | #52

    I would love to win these books.

  53. User avater
    harikleia | | #53

    I've never heard or read mysteries with a sewing background. I'd love to read these books. Thanks

  54. Valerie1 | | #54

    I Love sewing mysteries. Sound very like a good read.

  55. sewgramms | | #55

    It's too hot to sew, so a mystery so a mystery about it would be great.

  56. abqdancer | | #56

    I want to win!!!

  57. Terianz | | #57

    I enjoy sewing and reading, and would be thrilled to win these books!

  58. moviedoll | | #58

    I have a wall full of books in my sewing room. I'd LOVE to win and read these.

  59. cecine | | #59

    I'd love to see and read those books. Thanks

  60. AuntCoCo | | #60

    Wow! Finally fictional books for sewers! Yea!!!

  61. sewalotgranny16 | | #61

    I am sew glad someone is writing books with a sewing theme, I've already read all the knitting, crocheting and crafting books.

  62. Carly_Sue | | #62

    How fun...mystery books based on the art of sewing. I would love to read those.

  63. schrodanger | | #63

    Count me in!

  64. bajjmayer | | #64

    These sound very interesting...I love the idea of combining a hobby I love and a good read!

  65. User avater
    TaraSews | | #65

    I am game for this and need a new book to read. Thanks!

  66. Ladybugger1065 | | #66

    I am an avid reader that is how I taught myself everything I know about sewing,quilting ect. Especially thru the Threads magazines and the Insider web site!!!!!!! I have read 3 books so far this summer! I would Love to win this contest!!! Thank You for the opportunity! Sincerely Cheryl Henderson :)

  67. Ladybugger1065 | | #67

    I am an avid reader that is how I taught myself everything I know about sewing,quilting ect. Especially thru the Threads magazines and the Insider web site!!!!!!! I have read 3 books so far this summer! I would Love to win this contest!!! Thank You for the opportunity! Sincerely Cheryl Henderson :)

  68. matrice43 | | #68

    two of my favorite things sewing and mystery books

  69. User avater
    WillaMcNeill | | #69

    Cannot remember when I did not love sewing and did not love mysteries. Sounds like fun combo for sure!

  70. CrystalPgh | | #70

    I love sewing and I love reading a great mystery. I've read a couple knitting mysteries and several baking/cooking mysteries.

  71. user-2049011 | | #71

    This is like a dream come true. I love to read. I love to sew. I collect signed books. This is just perfect for me!g

  72. User avater
    MeredithP | | #72

    Sounds like fun! Reading and Sewing!

  73. sewboy | | #73

    I love a good mystery.
    And one with a sewing connection should be lots of fun.

  74. cynsew | | #74

    Oh I am sew excited!! I had no idea there were novel mysteries about sewing!! I eat, sleep and dream about sewing. Please enter me to win. Thank You!! Cindy

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    Genie48 | | #75

    This is great, my two favorite pastimes.

  76. memphismilliner | | #76

    Have learned so much from your posts. Would love to learn even more with these books!

  77. User avater
    GypsyThread | | #77

    They sound like such fun books to read. I think I'll have to put them on my to-purchase list even if I don't win. Thanks!

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    PoldaPop | | #78

    I love to read but I've been in a bit of a reading slump this summer. Maybe some page-turning mysteries that involve my (other) favorite activity would get me back on track. Thank you for offering these books!

  79. shaydaisy | | #79

    What could be better than novels about sewing and mysteries to boot?!?! Love to have these books!

  80. sandipratt | | #80

    I love a good mystery, and sewing !!

  81. WoodGecko | | #81

    I love to read, and sew, and read about sewing!

  82. sandipratt | | #82

    I wonder whats the story with the goat on the covers of two

    books. Very Interesting.

  83. pjonesr | | #83

    Wonderful win-win contest. I love to read mysteries and I love to sew.

  84. ChrissieF | | #84

    What could be a better combination, sewing and mystery reading!

  85. brendacass | | #85

    love to read, love to sew, 2 of my favorite things. Would love to win the books.

  86. Rainbowheart | | #86

    These books sound like a great combination to have some mystery while also possibly learning about the design and creation of the dresses and where the character in the book gets her inspiration.

  87. Connied | | #87

    I love sewing and mysteries, I think I would enjoy reading these novels!

  88. goodsew | | #88

    My favorite things - sewing & reading mysteries! I actually read one of her books & love it! I'd love to have all of them!

  89. User avater
    pamstitches | | #89

    Ooooo...some good end of summer reads!

  90. Tiernay | | #90

    I need to win - this is killing me!!!

  91. [email protected] | | #91

    What a perfect way to enjoy the last days of summer. Reading a mystery involving sewing. These are two of my favourite ways to spend time.

  92. trudiram | | #92

    I've never read a sewing mystery and would love to start now!

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    Missahope | | #93

    Reading and sewing...two of my favorite things!

  94. alpaca | | #94

    I love it when a good mystery is all neatly stitched up!

  95. lainiekazan | | #95

    This is wonderful -- I didn't know there were any sewing-based mysteries out there, and I'm a mystery buff. Thanks so much!

  96. rijacks63 | | #96

    What better combination than a good read about sewing! I can't wait to get started.

  97. deegee688 | | #97

    After both reading and sewing since childhood, wouldn't it be nice to receive these books covering both subjects and from the best sewing magazine available?

    Not only would I enjoy winning but I could also pass the books on to my mystery reading sewing friends in my sewing club.

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    Snowlady4715 | | #98

    I've not heard of these books before - what a treat! Would love a taste ;-)

  99. beshy | | #99

    Reading these cozies would be a wonderful way to start the soon-to-be fall season!

  100. LeeWells | | #100

    Those books sound like a lot of fun to read. If I win the books I plan to share the books with my daughters; I sew more than they do, but it is hard to guess who likes mystery books better. Lee

  101. user-1084521 | | #101

    What a cleaver idea for a mystery book!!! My two favorite things, mystery books and sewing. Can't get much better!!!

  102. Lynne_Hopkins_MN | | #102

    I'm new to this website. I am amazed, dazed and thread happy!

  103. jUUdith | | #103

    These books sound great. Send 'em on over.

  104. CAS48 | | #104

    I just learned of this genre and started reading a sewing mystery last night. I would love to add these books to my collection.

  105. Bia_Sodtown | | #105

    I have read 2/3 of those books (from the library) and would love to own them!

  106. atomicmama | | #106

    As a not so expert seamtress, I would love to relax with a good mystery book about sewing instead of attempting to work out the mysteries of a good fitting garment. Give me a break, please.

  107. Mudfact | | #107

    OMG What a great combination for a book! A great mystery and sewing too. I am putting on my list to get! Thanks for telling us about it.

  108. User avater
    PoorPurl | | #108

    Who could resist the combination of mystery fiction and sewing (i.e., mystery fact)?

  109. bgcg | | #109

    I would love to win. Bring on the reading. I love Threads!!!!

  110. BeBe53 | | #110

    What a wonderful combination - sewing & solving! These books sound great and I would love to win!

  111. quiltermachine | | #111

    As a former librarian who loves to sew, I would absolutely love to read these!

  112. debrajwebb | | #112

    I would love to read these mysteries!

  113. monarchlover | | #113

    Love to knit; love to sew. I have been reading knitting themed mysteries, and quilting themed as well and love them. I would enjoy meeting new authors that use sewing in their books.

  114. tomshiro | | #114

    I'm a big mystery fan. I didn't know there were sewing mysteries. I'll definitely be looking them up.

  115. suecindy | | #115

    the books sound intriguing -subjects not dealt with often.

  116. mams43 | | #116

    Only thing better than sewing and reading is reading ABOUT sewing. These sound great!

  117. SharonPicone | | #117

    A helpful set of books for sewers who want to hone their craft even more.

  118. User avater
    KarenGass | | #118

    A friend recommended these books - I'd love to read them!! Thank you for offering them!

  119. User avater
    Paula_Klaassen | | #119

    Cool giveaway -- hope I'm lucky this time!

  120. user-1132458 | | #120

    I love mysteries almost as much as I love to sew. These books sound wonderful! I hope I win them...

  121. bE_LUCy | | #121

    Now these I would love to read!

  122. user-803717 | | #122

    Sewing and sleuthing; the best of two worlds. I would love to win these books but if I don't I am going to buy them. So happy to know of this genre. By the way, I am [email protected]. I couldn't get my address to to appear on my comment post.. . Don't know what I did wrong. Want you to know who I am for sure in case I am the fortunate recipient of these great titles. I am grateful for the chance to enter the contest. Viva Threads!

  123. User avater
    lrnsew | | #123

    I've read knitting, baking, cooking, spinning, needlework, and quilting mysteries. It's nice to know that there is finally something for those of us who sew clothing and more.

  124. AlterJBD | | #124

    Punny titles! Unrepentant fabricholics! Murder (possibly by needle)! What more could a person ask for?

  125. User avater
    sewhappybjm | | #125

    Reading about sewing! What a great combination. I would love to have these. I may look for them in my bookstore.

  126. User avater
    CostumeDeeva | | #126

    Sounds delightful - any one of these would be a wonderful read!

  127. DLouie | | #127

    I'm a total fan of the "cozy" style of mystery. And being about sewing just makes it that much better!

  128. mastoll | | #128

    Oh, how fabulous, mystery novels involving sewing!

  129. jansews39 | | #129

    Have read mysteries all my life including knitting, quilting and plain old mysteries and would love to read about sewing since its another thing I've done all my life. Since I'm now in my 7th decade that's a lot of books!

  130. user-1110078 | | #130

    Sounds like a great combination of books to go with all the sewing. Thanks for the contest.

  131. sharielaine | | #131

    Sewing AND mysteries? Two of my favorite things.

  132. perendales | | #132

    I love to read mysteries with themes such as knitting, cooking, and sewing. This group of books looks like it will fit the bill.

  133. sewsam | | #133

    Wow! Fiction with a sewing theme. Love it!

  134. zsazsa13 | | #134

    What a wonderful idea. A Mystery in a sewing book.

  135. designsbyjanetp | | #135

    These books really sound interesting. Love sewing and mysteries.

  136. robinpn | | #136

    Would love to add these titles to my school sewing library, and share with my students!

  137. User avater
    jwondel | | #137

    Sounds like a fun series!!

  138. User avater
    jwondel | | #138

    Sounds like a fun series!!

  139. 2nantc | | #139

    My mom and I have read a knitting themed fiction series, and I have previously indulged in a needlework mystery series. These sound fascinating, and I would enjoy winning and continue my love of reading mingled with my sewing interest!

  140. quiltingsenior | | #140

    What could be better than sewing and reading mysteries? I'm always ready for a new mystery!

  141. User avater
    jroach | | #141

    I can't wait to read one of these.

  142. User avater
    carolscloset | | #142

    Oh! What fun!

  143. Kyrielle | | #143

    This combines two of my favorite things to do!

  144. les18 | | #144

    What a great combination sewing and mystery novels.

  145. User avater
    [email protected] | | #145

    Sewing mysteries... What could be better than sewing?

  146. mitzismom | | #146

    These books sound right up my alley! Mystery and sewing, what an unlikely combination, but intriguing. I can always be found with a mystery book in one hand and a sewing machine in the other. Good luck everyone!

  147. user-1109481 | | #147

    It would be neat to win the books because I recently started reading mysteries that are related to sewing and other crafts. I have enjoyed them very much so I keep looking for more.

  148. kris70 | | #148

    I love mysteries, especially those with needlework themes. I've read quilting, knitting and needlework mysteries and now ones about a fashion designer. These sound great!

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    Hipriestessluv | | #149

    I'm a beginner sewer so any help I can get is greatly appreciated.

  150. mombee | | #150

    Looks like a good read.

  151. deborahjodine | | #151

    I have read some of Annie's Attic mysteries and loved them! These look like they'd be winderful reads!

  152. mrnptn | | #152

    Sewing and mysteries. What could be better?

  153. nani | | #153

    I am happy you informed us of the chance to win these mystery books, because even if I am not chosen, at least I know the books even exist! What a great combination of my two favorite hobbies, sewing and reading mysteries!
    Than you!

  154. Mizmash | | #154

    Hi, What a treat! I have found knitting and scrapbooking mysteries at our local library but haven't yet laid my hands on sewing + mystery. Can't wait!

  155. CvilleLiz | | #155

    Thanks for mentioning these books and for the chance to win them! Sounds like fun!

  156. Elizam | | #156

    I am not familiar with this series. Looks like it would be a great read. Would love to have a copy!

  157. Sergersage | | #157

    This is great. Combines my two favorite things, reading and sewing.

  158. mmeryhew | | #158

    I love to read and sew... that's great!

  159. Arlene_Anne | | #159

    Well, I'm intrigued. I love the puns. Please pick me.

  160. user-1122811639 | | #160

    Reading and sewing! What could be better?

  161. bernie4me | | #161

    OMG!! How cool! I love food mysteries (2nd favorite hobby), especially chocolate ones. How great to have 1st favorite hobby books! Why haven't they been written before???? Oh, yeah, reading (1st &1/2 favorite hobby) these would be the ultimate.

  162. JeanLD | | #162

    oooo great giveaway count me in

  163. tvoss123 | | #163

    OMG!!! What a wonderful combination, sewing and reading. I love both, especially themed mysteries.
    Pick me, pick me!!!

  164. Gaeta | | #164

    Thanks for doing the book giveaway. I hope I win - none of these are at my library.

  165. user-356615 | | #165

    I love mysteries! And I love sewing! Choose me!!!

  166. thesewbox | | #166

    Reading AND sewing! Agree with others - the best combination.

  167. Ailsas | | #167

    If I win which do I have to give up to find time - reading or sewing?

  168. user-1121304 | | #168

    Thanks for the great giveaway,

  169. sewprettylulu | | #169

    Omg omg omg .. I love reading , and I love seeing till death perfect books for me !!

  170. KayV | | #170

    Love mysteries, can't think of a better idea than a sewing mystery. Thanks for this info.

  171. upnseams | | #171

    OMG this would be an awesome read. I sure hope I win. Thanks for the chance to win Threads. I appreciate it.

  172. sharjor | | #172

    Reading is a favorite pastime. Would love to win these books.

  173. user-345962 | | #173

    I love mysteries--I would love to read these books. EVen if I don't win, I'll buy them.

  174. User avater
    dragonswhiskers | | #174

    I would love these books. I just finished reading "PLEATING FOR MERCY"( I'd love an autographed copy) and can't wait to read the others. What is better than combining my favorite things, reading and sewing!

  175. hpsauce | | #175

    I'm not sure which I love more, reading or sewing. How great to be able to combine the two!!

  176. User avater
    Nightwing | | #176

    Sewing is, in itself, a mystery to those who are not "in the know". I find myself intrigued by the idea of a mystery around that mystery.

  177. dlgiles | | #177

    Oh, my! I'm already speculating how sewing-related metaphors could be incorporated into these books. I'd love to get my own copies!

  178. MollyApple | | #178

    Brilliant combination! My sewing pal and I not only swap tips and patterns but also mystery novels, these would be perfect for us to share!

  179. queenjean | | #179

    Love to sew...love to read! Great books always welcome!

  180. NJV57 | | #180

    I love to sew & I love to read. & I love to combine them.

  181. ruth5147 | | #181

    Absolutely my two favorite things! Sewing and reading! I can't believe I haven't heard or this author before. Please, please, I want to win. Ruth Swanson

  182. User avater
    redlady62 | | #182

    Sewing and reading mysteries, two of my favorite things!

  183. Romy | | #183

    I love reading and I have a sewing shop so reading a novel that include adventure and sewing will be very interesting for me. I can't wait to read it! :D

  184. martita | | #184

    Since reading and sewing are two of my favorite things, I would really love to win these books! Thanks for the opportunity!

  185. User avater
    PKKing | | #185

    What could be better than a good mystery surrounded by sewing? Sounds perfect to me! :)

  186. lcdrbetty | | #186

    Sewing mysteries...intriguing! Sign me up!

  187. mensew2 | | #187

    I am a mystery enthusiast, and love sewing. I would love to win the books listed in this contest. The books sound like they marry both activities perfectly!

  188. user-981779 | | #188

    I would love to win these books. In all my years of sewing
    I have yet to read a sewing mystery. My two favorite things to do. But lastly, I'm at the age in my life that I think I've earned the right to say "I want to win"! PS. I'm 76 yrs old and still sewing strong. ssl

  189. designsbydenise | | #189

    What fun! Sounds like the perfect light reading choice for a crisp, fall day. Give me a cup of hot cider and a cuddly blanket - I'm up for the challenge!

  190. User avater
    Loey | | #190

    On days when I just haven't got the energy to sew due to advanced rheumatoid arthritis, I'd like nothing better than to immerse myself in a good mystery around my passion for sewing. I'd love to win these books!

  191. osuzanne | | #191

    The dilemma will be sewing and reading simutaneously ! Even if I don't grab the prize I am delighted with the reading list.

  192. LoracC | | #192

    I love to read and what could be better than combining my love of sewing and a good mystery. Please count me in!

  193. bettyv | | #193

    I love to read and I love to sew. What a great combination.

  194. acertrifolium | | #194

    WHAT!!! I would love to read these books!! Love mysteries and love sewing!!

  195. saschapup | | #195

    These books sound great! Combing two of my favorite things--sewing and reading. Love it!

  196. marijim | | #196

    I've been sewing for about 70 years, maybe 75, and I also love to read. Threads has been my magazine since it first was issued. I've purchased many books and DVDs from the website. Started my granddaughter with a new sewing machine for college graduation and "Teach Yourself to Sew" since she lives in Wyoming temporarily (until she finishes her Masters Degree). Please put my name in your drawing and my fingers will be crossed until the drawing on August 22nd! Marianne Swanson

  197. user-261410 | | #197

    Love this idea, and would love receiving the three books! Thank you!

  198. arefaces | | #198

    To read or not to read is the question. For I see three books which will assist me and teach me and help continue learning how to sew. I am new, and teaching myself.... For these books are a sure win for me.

  199. SharonBall | | #199

    I love to read books that have a sewing theme woven throughout. I'm also glad to find authors that I haven't yet read after. Thanks for the opportunity.

  200. WeeScotLass | | #200

    What a wonderful idea. I am teaching my 6 year old grand daughter to sew, and she is very excited and determined. We could read these books together, as we do with books she brings on her sleep over nights. It is no longer Gramma reading to Emily, it is a shared process with her learning how to recognise the big words from my mystery books. The library is where she asks to go, and I happily comply.
    Keeping the interest of a young child is a challenge, as they want instant results and get frustrated easily. Stopping for a while and reading a book calms the excited youngster, and helps them regain thier focus.
    Thanks for what you have done for all the young and not so young enthusiasts.
    Good luch ALL

  201. cristis | | #201

    My mother always says, "If you can read, you can sew". This probably isn't what she had in mind, but don't these books sound fab?

  202. User avater
    Horsefeathers418 | | #202

    I have actually read a teaser of "Pleating for Mercy" just because I thought the combination of mystery and sewing was right up my alley... because I love to read and sew ... and sometimes, depending on what I am working on, sewing IS a mystery for me!
    Would enjoy reading all three.

  203. user-1114236 | | #203

    Wonderful. Books-I love them and even better when they are related to what I love. Retiring and will have time to read

  204. user-1138664 | | #204

    I love to read but even more than that I love to sew. I sewed for all my children (8) and now I am sewing for my grandchildren. I love that they love what I sew for them.
    I would really like the chance to relax with three great books.

  205. MCN | | #205

    These sound fun! My favorite mystery writer is currently Margaret Fraser, whose historical fiction seems beautifully researched. It would be great to switch to more contemporary settings and an interest/skill I share with a main character: sewing!

  206. withagee | | #206

    How wonderful to get the names of 2 authors that I haven't heard of before - i know i'll enjoy these books whether I win them or buy them!

  207. sewing81 | | #207

    I love sewing and I love mysteries, I can't think of better way to spend a sunny afternoon the reading a themed mysteries (apart from reading Threads Magazine. Hoping to win!

  208. MPurnell | | #208

    These books sound awesome. I would love to win, to read mystery books about my favorite thing to do. Thanks for the giveaway!

  209. fergus4 | | #209

    I csn't imagine being without my sewing and my books. I am reading a quilting mystery now and would dearly love to get my eyes on these books. Thanks for the opportunity!

  210. user-1150141 | | #210

    I've been laughing so much i got a stitch..if there is one thing that sewing is to many - its a mystery - why does this side of the seam shrink and just how do you get a zip into a curved seam..or why did that dagnabbit seam go curvy in the first place..oooooohhh sometimes I just want to 'murder' the sewing machine, pattern and fabric..and wouldn't I just love to know all those old 'family secrets' that grandma took to the grave with her, because as a youngster, I was into 'labels' and not "gasp! choke! die a million deaths rather than wear" home made!

  211. Lady_D | | #211

    I'd love to win these, as mysteries are one of my favorite genres and to have that, combined with a sewing theme would be great.

  212. pinkturtle | | #212

    There has been times that I can not do what I enjoy most, but having a good book to read, especially one about something I enjoy is so special.When you eat alone there is nothing like a good book for company.

  213. msfroggy | | #213

    I listen to books while stitching all the time, and most of them are mysteries! Sometimes I have to sit and read one because it sounds too good to pass up when the audio version is not available. I'd love to have the opportunity to read these and get to know the works of two more authors. Thanks for the chance!

  214. sewcrazynancy | | #214

    Love a good mystery, especially a tale "woven" around sewing activities!

  215. momofcami | | #215

    I love a good book. Listening while sewing sounds like an interesting activity!

  216. snifferdogdolan | | #216

    I love mysteries and love anything sewing related, combine the two and PERFECTION!


  217. bananaanna | | #217

    Seeing as I can never get enough of pins and needles... I'd love to win these books. They sound awesome!

  218. soexperimental | | #218

    What an absolute delight.. Mystery stories about my favourite reading topic. How to combine two great pleasures! Threads you do look after us.M

  219. User avater
    LinLohLan | | #219

    I'm more a non-fiction & memoir fan with the exception of needlework, art, & craft mysteries. I'm looking forward to reading all of these!

    --- Linda in Iowa

  220. suzannity | | #220

    A great escape! Especially if one is ill and doesn't have the energy to sew. They all sound like fun reading.

  221. sewdolly | | #221

    I'm a Huge mystery fan (and a huge sewing fan, too--have been sewing for over 55 years!), and would really enjoy having these books. I have read one of Sharon Dunn's books in the recent past, and it was a terrific story!

  222. sewdolly | | #222

    I'm a Huge mystery fan (and a huge sewing fan, too--have been sewing for over 55 years!), and would really enjoy having these books. I have read one of Sharon Dunn's books in the recent past, and it was a terrific story!

  223. moushka | | #223

    What a great idea for a contest prize! I'm an avid reader of mysteries and love to sew, too. In fact, sewing and reading are my two favourite pastimes and I'd hate to give up either one. Thanks for a great contest idea.

  224. simiquilt | | #224

    Another new 'cozy mystery' author. What fun. hope I win. If not, I will be looking at the library for these.

  225. RoniBarr | | #225

    OOh... These books sound like so much fun! :) I would love to win a copy of 'em.

  226. User avater
    LadyRay | | #226

    What a great opportunity!! I love to read!!!

  227. user-896350 | | #227

    These books sound interesting to read!

  228. user-1142651 | | #228

    I am learning to sew things and any help is much appreciated

  229. michele7 | | #229

    I'm new to sewing and I love to read. These two make a great combination!

  230. Lucysweetlips | | #230

    I'm a bookaholic, knitter, and love to sew. I never know when I get up in the morning what endeavor I'll tackle, but I know it'll be interesting. So, to win mystery books, right up my alley!

  231. user-1124224 | | #231

    Sewing and reading, my two favourite hobbies, they take me away from life's daily routine. Didn't know of these books but now I do.

  232. User avater
    monkemama | | #232

    I love mysteries. What a novel idea to write one about sewing!

  233. lynnevv | | #233

    I love this idea-can't have too much sewing!

  234. User avater
    esiuolm | | #234

    Yes, absolutely - definitely worth a read before the summer is over. Combine sewing and mystery....I hear my name!!!

  235. Taenocat | | #235

    Oooh, what a fun idea! Two great loves in one... I'd love to read these!!

  236. user-1126728 | | #236

    What would we do without Threads? I think from reading posts, it is safe to say, those who sew also love to read. I not only collect fabric, but collect books and would love to have these to add to my collection. Sewing and reading are definitely my stress relievers. These are new authors to me and it would be a great adventure to collect some new authors...Thank you for such a wonderful offer. I am on "pins and needles" awaiting your call to tell me I am the lucky winner!!!!

  237. bobbikg | | #237

    All three books got good reviews and combine two of my favorite things-reading and sewing. I would love to read them!

  238. user-1109779 | | #238

    Would love to win these!! Going for vacation soon and would relish these to read on my trip.

  239. maube | | #239

    These look like great books! I love mysteries and usually listen to books on tape while I work. Recently found some books with a scrapbooking theme that i have enjoyed.

  240. User avater
    delbelcoure | | #240

    These books look lovely. Please enter me in the contest.

  241. cjlaes | | #241

    Sewing ladies as detectives - can't get much better than that

  242. User avater
    mpgizmo2 | | #242

    Reading is only second to sewing . Would love to have these books.

  243. kmichellel | | #243

    These books look awesome. I am always looking for a good read to take with me for the moments when I have to sit and wait for whatever reason (such as the car rider line at my kids school) These would be perfect for such occasions. They have everything I need to get involved into the story; sewing, dressmaking, and mystery. I can't wait to start the first one.

  244. DDSS2000 | | #244

    Sometimes, after a day of sewing, it's refreshing to sit back and read. It allows my mind to drift into another world. Plus, books are great while waiting at MD appointments. :-)

  245. Ruggmaker | | #245

    I just had spinal cord surgery, and could use some fun reading while I anxiously await getting back to sewing!!

  246. MamaChamp | | #246

    I love to read, especially mysteries, and when a book also incorporates my personal interests, even better!

  247. myosa_47 | | #247

    These book look awesome. I would love to win them.

  248. Neosha | | #248

    An easy way for us all to read them is to go to our public library and see if they have them. If not, then request that they purchase or request on interlibrary loan. We get the books, the authors make sales, and I might win a signed copy!

    Neosha, a now retired (for 15 days) librarian!

  249. Neosha | | #249

    Just saw a post about a book club. I will recommend to my niece who belongs to a book club and she has begun sewing! Sewing and reading have made us more like friends as we have both gotten older.

  250. theladythatsews | | #250

    I like nothing better than sewing and reading murder/mystery books, "sew" would love the book.

  251. Ellen J | | #251

    I am excited to see 3 new sewing novels. Thanks for all the great info in your newsletters!

  252. embsew | | #252

    These look great, I will have to buy one (or all 3) if I dont win! Fall is my reading time, once the garden is done, sewing and reading are my two best excuses not to do housework, LOL

  253. Isabelsdaughter | | #253

    I love the idea of combining sewing and mystery. These books sound like great fun and I think I would truly enjoy them.

  254. User avater
    mimi310 | | #254

    Love to read, especially about my craft.

  255. user-1114374 | | #255

    THis would be so fun, and my daughters would love to share!

  256. User avater
    sewold | | #256

    Terrific! Two of my favorite pastimes in one! A book and sewing together. Pick me!

  257. mgottawa98 | | #257

    I would love to read any one of these mysteries. Thank You!

  258. brsnyder117 | | #258

    I have read sample chapters of these on my Kindle and love them!

  259. Nyliramirez | | #259

    I love reading books that involve sewing or quilting! Hope I win!

  260. CarolDn | | #260

    I just love mystery books so it matches perfectly my love of learning to sew.

  261. llbbeck | | #261

    They all look fun to read, I hope I win!

  262. Artsy_sewer | | #262

    Wonderful idea to combine two favorite pasttimes - mysteries and sewing.

  263. user-1126774 | | #263

    I'd love to read these. My fashion students and I are always joking about how all our sharp and dangerous tools could end up in a mystery story.

  264. user-911134 | | #264

    I love to read, I have read quilting and kniting related mysteries, would love to win these sewing mystery books!

  265. khd | | #265

    Wow! I love mysteries and sewing so it would be a real treat to win these books.

  266. kdmb | | #266

    Pleating for Mercy was an easy, enticing read - just right for relaxing. It was nice to see the art of sewing so craftily woven into the storyline. Look forward to reading the others listed.

  267. sweetserenity | | #267

    being an avid sewer and a lover of the mystery novel, this would be my perfect summer treat.

  268. dolinbliss | | #268

    Sewing and a mystery... What is not to love? I would love to read these.

  269. User avater
    MessyVirgo | | #269

    O-o-o-h! A mystery story, and sewing: my favorite pastimes. Reading a mystery WITH sewing: Awesome!

  270. arledesign | | #270

    These books look awesome! I'd luv to win a copy!

  271. idosew | | #271

    looks like a good read

  272. JeannieOllieGee | | #272

    Sounds like an intriguing idea for a set of books.

  273. carojo | | #273

    Two of the very BEST things to do.

  274. carojo | | #274

    Two of the very BEST things to do.

  275. GrandmaWalter | | #275

    Sounds like the perfect read to me!

  276. sshew52 | | #276

    I love mysteries. And Sewing too.

    I am excited about finding new books.

  277. Lynda_Pomeroy | | #277

    What a great idea! Please pick me!!

  278. bettylovesjazz | | #278
  279. DaisySews | | #279

    Love sewing mysteries.

  280. xlvx | | #280

    what's better than a sewing mystery after sewing-can't wait

  281. Lolabug | | #281

    The only thing better than a book about sewing is an audiobook about sewing. You can enjoy a good story while still working on your projects!

  282. phoebe1beloved | | #282

    Finally, a mystery book including sewing. I have been waiting for this.

  283. Jpacific | | #283

    These books would be a welcome addition to my summer reading.

  284. ksommo | | #284

    One of my fave things to read these days is the new genre of sewing & knitting books. It's lovely to read about women like me!

  285. hazelspi | | #285

    Love to sew and love to read, especially mysteries...thanks for the chance at winning.

  286. User avater
    smfsprout | | #286

    Reading and sewing. Two of my favorite things so I would love to win. Thanks.

  287. User avater
    Yumjo | | #287

    Can't live without reading or sewing. Hope I win.

  288. MaryJanuary | | #288

    Books and sewing? Two of my favorite things! These sound like fun books- I would enjoy reading them and then passing them along to my book & sewing enthusiast friends! Thanks for the opportunity!

  289. snowm | | #289

    I'm always looking for a good read. What a great way to combine two of my favorite things!!

  290. Hamilton24 | | #290

    What a top idea to combine my two most favourite things to do - to sew and to read!! There's nothing better than to cozy down in a comfy chair with a cuppa and a good mystery and then, after such inspiration (of the sewing and not the nefarious deeds variety) put in a few good hours with fabric, pattern and machine!! Can't get better than that!

  291. User avater
    BarbaraHewitt | | #291

    Wow--the books sound like it would be fun relaxing reading.

  292. Karrie_S | | #292

    Ooh! These look really good ;)

  293. user-318323 | | #293

    Mystery and sewing .... the mysteries of sewing....?
    I love to read and sew - so I do hope I win! :-)

  294. wanda5359 | | #294

    When i learned to sew i was probably around the age of fourteen my mother had one of the old pedal type singer machines and she was a seamstress she made her own patterns the machine was passed down to her from her mother she would make all my clothes when i was younger, and use my clothes to make patterns or hold newspaper up to me to make a pattern. this is something i will always remember and i have tried to pass it down to my girls. I love my mom with all my heart in memory of her 09/29/1918-09/11/1985

  295. KaSchu | | #295

    When I'm not reading, I'm sewing or reading about sewing. It would be great to win the books.

  296. User avater
    MissPat | | #296

    I just finished four straight weeks of no-days-off costuming a show. It would be lovely to sit back and read with no pressure.

  297. sarred | | #297

    This looks like a prize I'd like to win : D

  298. User avater
    Sweetjessy | | #298

    Sewing? Mysteries? Wow! Add some chocolate and it's my version of Heaven! I'd love to win.

  299. fingersflying | | #299

    I have lots of sewing mysteries in my UFO pile!!!

  300. kellybird1954 | | #300

    Love to sew and love to read mysteries!

  301. Maritza | | #301

    Perfect combo! Sewing and reading :o)

  302. SusannahRodana | | #302

    This is the first time I have seen sewing related novels, WOW, can't wait to read them!

  303. Concordiabelle | | #303

    Next to fabric stores, bookstores are the easiest places for me to spend time AND money! Books with a story about sewing sound like a new addiction-waiting-to-happen!

  304. sewbuddy | | #304

    I love reading books with a sewing theme. Thay way, I don't feel guilty taking time away from my sewing!!

  305. chilisand | | #305

    I have read several mysteries with quilting themes, it would be very interesting to read these. Sort of a "cross pollenation"

  306. BeckyPiette | | #306

    I would like to read these books.

  307. user-1115536 | | #307

    What fun! We've had cooking amateur sleuths, and quilters, and cat lovers, vintners, and bookshop owners. I'm glad to finally learn of sewing mysteries.
    You SEW girl!

  308. User avater
    elysbeths | | #308

    I loved "Pleating for Mercy" and am looking forward to the next book - thank you!

  309. pdlb1956 | | #309

    If I don't win these I hope I can find them at our local library. I love these type of mysteries!

  310. jkroman | | #310

    Sounds like fun!

  311. smmcquilt | | #311

    I love mysteries too. Thanks for the opportunity to discover a new writer! Anything fibre-related gets my vote... Cheers, from Toronto, Canada

  312. User avater
    ustabahippie | | #312

    Looks like fun reading.

  313. missmimi | | #313

    Being a retired sleuth I should win! Love a good mystery and a good sewing project.

  314. sewseitz | | #314

    I will check our library to see if they have. They look great. I listen to books all the time. Great while sewing. 'Read' a lot of books this way.

  315. NanaLu | | #315

    I read almost nothing but mysteries. While I've read quilting mysteries and knitting mysteries I had not come across sewing mysteries. I'd love to read them.

  316. ozparker | | #316

    Wow! The best way yet to combine my two most favorite pasttimes.

  317. User avater
    Robyn_sews | | #317

    I have read some other needlework mysteries and it is exciting to hear about ones that are sewing related since that is my favorite of the needle arts.

  318. ShuChick | | #318

    I have been reading "food" mysteries, but I think I will have to start reading "sewing" mysteries now.

  319. Natsews | | #319

    Great bedtime reading

  320. User avater
    holycowllin | | #320

    I wish I had these books right now to read while we are on our boat- I miss my sewing at home- can't think of a better thing to do than - READ about it!!
    Thanks Threads - Another adventure!

  321. sewing_frenzy | | #321

    I absolutely love to read and being a teacher, I devour books during my summer vacation. I have only a few days before school begins again but I can make time to read these fabulous sounding books even after!

  322. gwenwells | | #322

    Very excited about the book, I love mysteries and this is the first one I have come across involving sewing- should be interesting.

  323. Tsetsgee | | #323

    Wow great giveaway:) I love it please me, please me:)

  324. kathysews616 | | #324

    I love to read novels with my hobbies as a theme. It would be awesome to win these books!

  325. sewbuddie | | #325

    I would love to win these mystery books, especially since they are about sewing !

  326. Dabo | | #326

    Two favorite things -- sewing and reading mysteries. How great to be able to read sewing mysteries. When I take a break from sewing and sit down to read, a sewing mystery would make my like all sewn up!!

  327. Gebhardt53 | | #327

    Mysteries about sewing, sounds fun.

  328. turkishsheila | | #328

    Great to get the letters with new ideas and to see all the different books about

  329. Daylily1940 | | #329

    What could be better? Reading, sewing all in one!

  330. cblsews | | #330

    I would love to win one of these books. I never seem to win anything and this would be the perfect win, a mystery book about sewing. Thanks for giving us the chance to win.

  331. User avater
    StitchingARNP | | #331

    WOW! .. What to do fIrst? ...Read or stitch? How about reading about stitching! Can't wait to win!!

  332. eremurus | | #332

    It would be great to win. I like mysteries and have not read one with sewing in it. I've never won anything online.

  333. User avater
    njean | | #333

    I am a mystery fan-- it is a mystery to me how the author of these books will incorporate sewing, but I'd like to find out!

  334. User avater
    at_clearing | | #334

    Cleverness is always delightful! I love it when sewing expresses this quality, and would adore finding the same quality in a deft mystery story concerning sewing. Would that I was that good! So I read -- and am delighted!

  335. millieanne | | #335

    Reading, Sewing, Quilting .. recently retired from working in our Library. I would love to win these books. Thanks for the chance.

  336. User avater
    bluewillow | | #336

    This book seems like a fun read. Even if I don't win, I will have to look for it.

  337. Jane9999 | | #337

    This seems a good prize to take away on holiday.

  338. Lady_D | | #338

    These look like a fun read...

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